Public Health (MPH), Health Systems Administration and Policy at Montclair State University

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Public Health (MPH), Health Systems Administration and Policy

The mission of the Public Health (MPH) program is to prepare culturally and professionally competent leaders in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice. Through this program, students will master public health knowledge and skills while developing professional values and dispositions. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as public health leaders in local and state health departments, public and private health agencies, voluntary organizations focused on specific health issues (e.g. cancer or heart health), schools, health care settings, community-based organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, and other settings in which health monitoring and health education initiatives are implemented.

The Health Systems Administration and Policy concentration aims to prepare public health professionals with strategic skills for the management and administration of hospitals and healthcare systems with a focus on prevention and in service of social justice and health equity.

Hear from current students and alumni on their experiences in the Public Health (MPH) programs at Montclair State University:

“I pursued the MPH program at Montclair State because the program embodies the understanding of health equity and social justice, which are so crucial to studying and understanding public health. The faculty and staff have their finger on the pulse of student interests and professional goals. This attention afforded me the opportunity to engage in ongoing research that I was passionate about. While there are many options in the tri-state area for an MPH, the program at Montclair State gives you something you can’t always find at those other institutions – a commitment to the student.”
Paul Santos – Master of Public Health Alumni

Learn more about faculty research within the MPH Program

Along with the Health Systems Administration and Policy Concentration, the Office of Graduate Admissions offers the Public Health (MPH), Community Health Education Concentration.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: March 15th for Fall admission only. Complete your application by December 15th in order to receive an early decision by January 29th. Please note: Upon offer of admission, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit of $200.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Public Health (MPH), Health Systems and Administration Concentration program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write one integrated essay providing a response to the following question.
    • The MPH Admissions Committee seeks to admit a diverse cohort of students who are committed to the mission, vision and values of the MPH program. The mission of our program is to prepare culturally competent professionals in public health, with a strong focus on social justice. This interdisciplinary academic and experiential program trains public health practitioners with professional skills for planning, implementing, evaluating and sustaining efforts to enhance population health and eliminate health disparities. Underlying our mission and vision, and informing our competencies and goals, are the foundations of social justice, community engagement, critical thinking and cultural competency. In a well-written essay of up to 1000 words, please describe how your academic, professional and/or personal experiences have led you to seek education in public health that embodies the mission, vision, and values of the Montclair State University MPH program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Resume: Required.
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE
    • If you have earned a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of a 2.75 or above, you are eligible for a GRE waiver. Once you submit your application, you will be prompted to submit a standardized test waiver request form within the applicant status portal. To begin your application, visit our How to Apply page.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

This program is 42 semester hours. The core of the proposed program comprises the five core disciplines of public health: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences. For curriculum information, please visit the program listing in the course catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Public Health (MPH), Community Health Education Concentration Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Sze Yan Liu
Office: University Hall